We are the Latin America Committee of German Business

The Latin America Committee of German Business (LADW) draws on the competence of industry to develop business cooperation between Germany and Latin America so as to render it more focused, more efficient, and ultimately more effective. The business-driven body is hosted by the Federation of German Industries (BDI) in Berlin.

The CEO Agenda for Economic Cooperation with Latin America

A publication by LADW for decision-makers from politics and business.

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LADW Zitat

Gunnar Kilian, LADW Chairman„Latin America is an important and promising region for German companies. This is the conviction with which we compete.”

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About us

The LADW unswervingly represents the interests of German business vis-à-vis its economic and political partners in Germany and Latin America. It is committed to the consistent expansion of economic collaboration.

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OUR Members

Leading representatives of German business with a strong interest in Latin America are involved in the LADW. Get to know us.


News and More

Latin America Brief

Mexico faces an uncertain future with Claudia Sheinbaum

The future president and her party will have more power than most of her predecessors. The financial markets are reacting nervously to this. German companies continue to back the country.

There are still many democracies in Latin America, but their quality is declining

After Europe and North America, it remains the region with the highest density of democracy in the world. However, the lack of security is the main reason why authoritarian governments are tolerated.

Stable growth prospects for Latin America, but at a low level

The IMF’s latest forecasts for the region’s economies are cautiously optimistic. And this is where the country with the highest growth worldwide is located.


Chile stands by green transformation – President Boric visits Berlin

Bilateral economic forum and roundtables on renewable energies and critical raw materials.

Half-time in the game: Updating German-Brazilian Partnership

Good atmosphere at the BDI, CNI and LADW forum at Hannover Messe 2024.

Why Latin America?

Strategically positioned between Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, the 659 million predominantly young consumers create an innovation-friendly market with great potential and with a GDP of nearly US$ 7 trillion.German companies have been making their way here for over a century. Today they are viewed as part of society.Shared political, economic and social values make Latin America an important ally to Germany, particularly in key areas such as trade, climate protection, energy policy and raw materials.


Renewable energies in the electricity mix 65 %
Share of the global lithium reserves 60 %
Share of the world's rare earths' reserves 18 %
Access to world trade 70 %
Degree of urbanisation 80 %
Share of the world's freshwater reserves 33 %

Key facts German industry in Latin America









What we want
More intensive economic cooperation with Latin America through the creation and promotion of active and collaborative relationships between governments and business.
Who we are
A representative selection of opinion-leaders and decision-makers from the German economy who believe in Latin America.
What we do
We provide actual impetus for economic cooperation with Latin America while calling for and promoting political support for such cooperation.